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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The first Congress of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise was held in 1973, so this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of that first meeting. I presented at the 12th Congress in Zurich and at last year’s e-Congress via Zoom, but plan to submit at least one abstract for this Congress. If an abstract is accepted, I plan to attend.

There’s an old saying, “every coin has two sides,” meaning there’s good and bad about almost everything. The advantage of a Zoom meeting is that you can “attend” the meeting in one’s pajamas or sweatpants without the expense and hassle of travel. The registration fees are usually lower. The disadvantage is that you don’t get to meet experts from around the world in person, and it’s harder to pay attention with all the usual distractions of home. As readers probably know, much of the important work of meetings takes place at coffee breaks, meals, or in the bars afterwards.

The 2023 meeting is in the historic European city of Belgrade. We hope you will submit an abstract and hope to see you there.